Nasty's ready to welcome kids and adults

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Co-managers (from left) John Stella and Kim MacPherson and owner John Votino plan a grand opening Oct. 18 for Nasty's Sports Bar & Grill, 6150 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. The restaurant had a soft opening Oct. 9.
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The new Nasty's Sports Bar & Grill in Reynoldsburg is anything but "nasty," with 30 flat-screen televisions, ample restaurant seating in scarlet, gray and black and booths equipped with smaller flat-screens and DVD players.

Customers will even see a touch of purple and gold as they walk in the front door -- a paneled wall depicts a Reynoldsburg Raider logo against the 50-yard line of a football field.

Nasty's opened Oct. 9 at 6150 E. Main St. in Reynoldsburg. A grand opening is scheduled Friday, Oct. 18.

Hours are from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

Manager John Stella said the personal televisions in the booths may be tuned to cartoons and other stations and patrons may also bring in their kids' favorite DVDs. He said kids eat for 99 cents on Tuesdays and all the booth televisions are tuned to cartoons.

"I'm a single dad with an 8-year-old daughter, so I tried to think of things that would make her feel welcome here," Stella said.

Grownups and sports enthusiasts may enjoy any of 100 beers available in the bottle and 24 beers on draft, along with a selection of wines.

Co-manager Kim MacPherson said business has been "awesome" since the restaurant opened and several people have told her they like the Nasty name.

"The name was the nickname of our owner John Votino's son, Nate, in high school, who was a football player whose hits were 'downright nasty' according to his teammates," she said. "Nate is one of the most big-hearted people you've ever met."

She said Votino's oldest son, John Jr., thought the name would be great for a sports bar and wrote up a business plan while he was a sophomore at the Ohio State University. Then his laptop computer with the business plan on it was stolen and the plan was shelved for several years.

Last year, though, after Votino Sr. retired and had more time on his hands, the restaurant became reality. The first Nasty's opened March 21, 2012, in Hilliard.

Votino also owns Adobe Gillas and the Ugly Tuna Saloona.

MacPherson said every drink is served in a frosted mug.

The menu features "Nastytizers" such as fried pickles, a shrimp basket, potato skins, quesadillas and potstickers, among others, along with burgers, sandwiches, calzones, pizza, chicken wings and salads.

Stella said the Nasty Burgers include the regular Nasty with a half-pound of ground steak topped with American and cheddar cheese, bacon, sauteed mushrooms and spicy hot Nasty sauce, and the big Nasty burger, with an extra steak patty and "extra heat."

Salad-eaters and vegetarians have choices, too, he said, with chef, southwest, chicken and salmon salads and one called Maria's Not So Nasty Salad, named for another Votino sibling. It features romaine lettuce topped with sweet corn, bell pepper strips, cucumbers, carrots, diced onions, roasted sunflower seeds and balsamic vinaigrette on the side.

A small party room nook is available for kids' birthday parties or business lunches and the restaurant also has a small videogame area and patio seating.

Stella said Nasty's features a little something for everyone.

"We are family-owned and I think families will feel welcome here, but we also have a lot of unique beers and a great sports atmosphere," he said.

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